Support for French jeweller who shot robber

Protests were staged in France over the decision to charge a jeweller with manslaughter after he shot and killed an escaping robber.

Support for French jeweller who shot robber

Stephan Turk, 67, has been put under curfew at home with an electronic tag after the shooting last week that left a teenage robber dead outside his jewellery shop in Nice.

An accomplice escaped on a motorbike.

In a country where gun violence is rare but thefts are increasingly common, the shooting has placed the government in a difficult position.

“Even when faced with the unbearable, we have to let justice prevail,” interior minister Manuel Valls said in Nice, where he was sent by the president after a protest by hundreds of Mr Turk’s supporters.

France has seen a spate of high-profile jewellery thefts lately. A single gunman in the southern city of Cannes took an £85.5m (€101.8m) cache this summer. That was followed by another armed robbery days later in the same city.

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